Tuesday, September 18, 2018

George W. and Theresa Lackey

George W. Lackey was born in Russell Township on   Except for the time he attended college, he was a lifelong resident of  Lawrence County.  He married Theresa Whitenack on April 1, 1891. Their stately home stood at 702 State Street, where the wool carding factory of Lemuel Powers originally stood when Lawrenceville was young, and where now Lawrenceville’s City Hall stands.
November 4, 1863, a son of James and Sussana Seitzinger Lackey.

Lackey’s life was one of hard work and activity.  He graduated from Central Normal College, Danville, IN and immediately entered upon an educational career, teaching school, during which time he organized the first high school courses in the Lawrenceville schools.  He was elected County Superintendent of Schools in 1892, serving one term. Lackey originated the idea of a township high school and was instrumental in the establishment of the one at Lawrenceville, serving for many years as President of the Board.

After his term as Superintendent, Lackey held a position of mail inspector on the railroads, and during that time he studied law, and also read law under F. C. Meserve, P. W. Barnes and I.  A. Judy, being admitted to the Illinois bar in 1898.He was elected States Attorney in 1900, and was a fearless prosecutor, it being his contention that a prosecutor didn’t win all of his cases, but that transgressors got tired of being brought into court.

Seeing the need for a hospital, Lackey began to study ways and means for establishing one for the county, and worked hard to get the present institution.  He was also instrumental in creating Lawrence Township Park, (where the pool is located now), by arranging for the acquisition of the necessary land from the Hennessy heirs.  In this and many other civic affairs he donated his legal services. 

A charter member of the Lawrenceville Chamber of Commerce, Lackey served for several terms as a director and as president of that organization.  Along with Lysander Warren Gee, W. B. Hiteshaw and J. E. Lemons, he helped organize the Farmers State Bank in 1909, situated on the southwest corner of the square in Lawrenceville, (now as empty lot), and the Peoples Building and Loan Association. He was on the committee to promote and encourage a state park be built in Lawrence County, now known as Red Hills State Park.

An ardent Democrat, Lackey was once a candidate for the Office of Circuit Judge.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 61 years serving several years as Master of the local lodge.  He had taken other degrees in Masonry through the 32d. as well as being a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.

Lackey was a consistent worker in the church and was for many years a teacher of an adult class at the Evangelical United Brethren Church. He practiced, mainly, as a sole practitioner in his practice of law.  He was for a short time associated with J. D. Madding, and for a few years with his son, George A. Lackey. At his death, George W. Lackey, age 90, was Lawrence County’s oldest attorney in both age and years of practice.  

Lackey fell on the steps of the Lawrenceville Post Office, December 26,1952, breaking a hip, and was incapacitated until his death at his home, late Monday, March 8, 1954, after more than a year of illness.  Lackey was survived by his wife, Mrs. Theresa Lackey, three daughters and one son.  

George W. and Theresa Whitenack Lackey
Photograph taken at their
60th wedding anniversary in 1951.
His wife, Theresa, was born in Hendricks County, IN, on May 7, 1865, a daughter of Abraham and Caroline Reynolds Whitenack. Mrs. Lackey was a member of the EUB church, the Eastern Star, White Shrine, the Lawrenceville Mentor club, and the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club.  She taught a Sunday School class for many years, served for a time as president of the Lawrence County Sunday School Association, and was a committeewoman in the Democratic Party.  As a public-spirited woman, she was ever willing to address civic meetings, and her talks were always interesting and instructive.

She was a rather remarkable woman in that she was anxious at all times that young people become better schooled, having been a teacher in Indiana before her marriage.  She saw to it that all of her children attended colleges and universities.

The Lawrence County News reported on August 15, 1957, that Mrs. Theresa Lackey, 92, of 702 State Street, widow of George W. Lackey, had died Sunday noon, after more than a year of illness. She had not been in good health since the death of her husband three years earlier. Burial was in the Lawrenceville Cemetery.  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Boy Killed Delivering Newspapers 1956

Lawrence County News March 1 1956

The funeral service for Harold Edward Lowrance, 16, who was killed Thursday evening of last week while riding his bicycle, was held at the Lawrenceville Church of God.  Burial was in the Lawrenceville Cemetery. 

Harold was killed on Thursday evening when struck by an automobile driven by Francis Jones of Bridgeport.  The accident happened on Alternate U. S. 50, a quarter of a mile west of the Lexington Avenue intersection. 

A carrier for the Record, he was delivering papers on his bicycle and returning on his route.  
According to the driver of the car, Harold apparently rode directly in front of the car.  He either turned from the shoulder of the highway or came from a driveway.  He was dragged several feet and suffered a broken neck and other injuries.  The coroner’s jury reported a verdict of accidental death.

Born on Sand Ridge, Harold was a son of John and Ida Marie Seifert Lowrance.  He was a junior in Lawrenceville High School.  He is survived by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

Obituaries in the Sumner Press -1900s Surnames- Starting with V

Obituaries from the Sumner Press 1900s -Surnames starting with V 

Vail, Rolla son of Alonzo and Harriet Vail was born August 1, 1882, and died May 4, 1909, aged 26 years, 9 months and 3 days. 

Van Scyoc, Benjamin Sheridan was the son of William and Susan Van Scyoc, He was born in Lawrence County,  September 28, 1867, and departed this life May 29, 1918, age 50 years, 8 months and 1 day.  He married Nellie Sosal on July 21, 1892, and had one son who died November 30, 1895, at the age of 2 years 5 months and 2 days. Funeral services were held at the home of the deceased at 2 pm with interment in the Sumner Cemetery.

Van Scyoc, David was the oldest son of William and Susan Van Scyoc born near Sumner, September 16, 1854. He was married to Lydia Ellen Dishon September 13, 1877, and they had 3 sons and 1 daughter. In March of 1904, the family moved to Shelbyville, Michigan.  Mr. Van Scyoc died February 8, 1919, age 64 years, 4 months and 22 days. Funeral services were held at the home of S.S. Van Scyoc and interment was made in the Sumner City Cemetery.

Van Scyoc,  Susan passed away at the family home August 23, 1914,  age 81 years.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 with burial in the Sumner Cemetery.

Vanatta, Esta passed away, September 24, 1918, Tuesday night at 10:30 at the home of her parents, I. K. and Florence Vanatta in Petty Township, after a lingering illness. She was born March 16, 1894 and died September 24 1918 at the age of 24 years, 6 months, and 8 days.  At the time the obit was printed the funeral hour had not been determined as the family was waiting to hear from John Rife at Camp Dick, Dallas, Texas, a gentleman friend of the deceased as to whether he could come for the funeral.  Funeral services were finally conducted at Pleasant Hill the day after she died at 2 p.m. and burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Vanatta, Oliver Clement was born in Lawrence County, January 20, 1884, and died April 3, 1908, at age 24 years 2 months, and 14 days. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery after funeral services in the Pleasant Hill Church on April 5.

Vandament, Elizabeth Pool was born in Brown County, Ohio, February 28, 1840, and died January 1, 1919, at age 78 years, 10 months, and 1 day.  Her death was caused by nephritis. She married George Vandament, May 29, 1851.  The couple had 8 children including C. A. Vandament of Lawrenceville, Mrs. Jennie Vandament, Mrs. Lizzie Vangilder and Mrs. Sadie Corrie of Lukin. She was a member of the Bethlehem Church. Funeral services were held at the Wesley Chapel Church with interment in the nearby cemetery.

Vangilder, George, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallis Vangilder was born near Sumner May 28, 1890, and died November 5, 1918, aged 29 years, 5 months  and 7 days as a result of the flu. At his death he was living near Marshall and the remains were brought by way of the Big Four Wednesday noon and Undertaker Staninger met them at the Lawrenceville depot.  He had married Tessie McNary on May 30, 1912. The funeral was held at his parents’ home west of Sumner, Friday morning at 10:30 and interment was made in the Sumner Cemetery.

Vangilder, Fern Hill was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hill, born August 30, 1897, and died February 2, 1918, aged 20 years, 5 months, and 3 days. She was married on January 1, 1915, to Mack Vangilder. One son,Donald, was born. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at 10:30 at the M. E. Church with all business houses in Sumner closing during the funeral hours. Interment was in the Sumner cemetery.

Vangilder, Lona Bell Wagner of Lukin, died suddenly on Monday about noon.  She died in childbirth just minutes after her child died. The funeral was held Tuesday at 1:30 pm with the rain pouring down, while the bodies were laid to rest.  Lona Bell, daughter of Jacob and Mary Wagner was born in Petty Township, June 18, 1869, and died February 12, 1906 at her home in Lukin Township. She had been married on March 17, 1888, to G. W. Vangilder.
Vangilder, Olive Bell was born December 25, 1888, in Lawrence County, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Marion Bell and died January 4, 1913, aged 24 years, 11 days.  She married Lonnie Vangilder July 25, 1909, and one son was born of this union. Funeral services were held at the Bethlehem Church with interment in the Bell cemetery.

Vangilder, Walter Marion, son of George S. and Mary Vangilder was born October 2, 1858, and departed from this life, August 8, 1906, aged 50 years, 10 months and 7days.  He was united in marriage July 3, 1884, to Emma Elizabeth Buzzard, daughter of Jonathan and Margaret Buzzard.  Four daughters were born to the couple.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Boxing Contest 1912

Readers:  Any information on Logan Ford from Birds, or Happy Cole and Chauncey Alcott, both from Lawrenceville, would be appreciated.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

News of St Francisville 1912

January 5, 1912 Vincennes Commercial 
St. Francisville News:

The Free Methodist church held their quarterly meeting last Sunday.

Tillmen Carroll won the automobile that was raffled off by the business men, Thursday. William Smith drew one of the pieces of gold at Dean’s store; Jesse Tougaw drew the other.

Noble Lewis purchased the Thomas Litherland stock of goods, and will move the same into the John Litherland business room on the South Side of Main street.

Sharon Highsmith is home on a three-month furlough.

W.H. Highfield bought a fourth interest in all of J. V. Griggs and Sons business. 

The (electric) light question was voted down again on Wednesday.

Eston Quick and Orlando Price spent the holidays with their folks before returning to Normal, Illinois, where they attended school.

N. J. Pepple was re-employed by the International Harvester Co.

Some St. Francisville residents attended Charles Buchanan’s funeral at Lawrenceville.

Another test well for oil was drilled between St. Francisville and the Fox well on H.A. Fox land.  One thousand six hundred acres was leased to a Vincennes Oil Company.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Model farms

When LCHS was hosting the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit, Nancy K and Norm K made a model modern farm exhibit to show the uses of water in agriculture.  For the Bicentennial Nancy made a model farm portraying agriculture in the early 1800s.  The children (and adults ) who visit the History Center are intrigued by the details she has incorporated. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Discovery of Body in Soybean Field Rocks the Area in September 1962

Vincennes Sun Commercial September 5, 1962

The body of a man, bound hand and foot, and blindfolded was found along a country road northwest of Sumner early Tuesday afternoon, according to Sheriff Eddie Ryan.

Vincennes Sun Commercial September 6, 1962

An autopsy was performed by Dr. Boyd Black of Vincennes, a pathologist, in an effort to establish the identity of the body found in the soybean field.

The body was discovered near a rural road a mile north of Road 50 by Kenneth Ulrey of Robinson, a trucker who said he had parked temporarily at the roadside.

 Authorities said the victim's eyes were covered with a rag or pillow slip.  His feet were trussed with rope and a belt.  He was wearing only an undershirt. A lamp cord was wound around his neck.

Coroner Emmons said the man was undoubtedly murdered. 

 Three state police including fingerprint experts were here to assist Sheriff Eddie Ryan in the search for identity of the man.  Sheriff Ryan said he had a lead, but did not elaborate on it.

There was speculation in advance of the coroner's report that death was due to stangulations. It was believed the death occurred three or four days ago.

The victim had strawberry blonde hair, was possibly 25-30 years old, 5-9 1/2 and had small hands and feet. He would probably wear about a size seven shoe.

The finding of the body recalled that four years ago in August the body of a dark-complexioned man was found on a road in this county and never identified.

The Bridgeport Leader added the following details to the mystery.

Mr. Ulrey drives a gas truck out of Robinson and was on a delivery in the area.  The body was discovered a mile west of the Sumner/Chauncey road and a mile north of US 50 resting in the bushes to the entrance to a field, owned by Elbie Baker.

Dressed in a tee shirt the body was otherwise nude. The hands had been tied behind the back while the ankles were trussed with a belt.  An insulated electric wire was tightly bound about his neck and rags were tied over his face with his mouth taped shut.

The Daily Record added that several empty whisky bottles were found alongside the road some 20 ft or so from the body, but lawmen pointed out that were not necessarily connected with the incident.  Photographer Gene Kiser was summoned and took several pictures to be used for the investigation.  A guard was posted after removal of the body to prevent sightseers from disturbing any evidence that might remain to be found.

(Ed Note:  I don't know if this story has an ending, but if someone wants to continue the research please share what you find.)